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Wednesday, June 9, 2004
'Fahrenheit 9/11' Sure to Heat Up Controversy

It was a Hollywood "who's who" on the red carpet for the movie that many thought was too hot to handle. A-list celebrities including Drew Barrymore, Sharon Stone, Leonardo DiCaprio and Billy Crystal heated up the arrival line for the year's most controversial film, "Fahrenheit 9/11."

"I never come to premieres," Barrymore told us. "But I'm here at this one."

The buzz on this film is almost as big as the guy who made it: Academy Award winner Michael Moore. But the film's savage, satirical indictment of President George W. Bush and his first 90 days in office is sure to make temperatures rise. The film, which recently won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, also criticizes President Bush's response to the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Tuesday night in Los Angeles, the stars lined up to see the film at two special screenings, as Moore beamed with pride. "I'm honored by the turnout," Moore told us. "It's absolutely incredible."

And it was, with attendees ranging from Matthew Perry and Ellen Degeneres to Rob Reiner, Garry Shandling, Jack Black and Sharon Osbourne and more.

"Fahrenheit" is so politically charged that, originally, no studios would take responsibility for its release. Now, the documentary is planned for theaters on June 25th, courtesy of Miramax tycoons Harvey and Bob Weinstein, who actually created a separate, new company to handle the film, then teamed with Lions Gate films and IFC to distribute it.


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